The number of people waiting for key diagnostic tests from NHS Scotland has become “completely unacceptable”, a cancer charity has said, as this figure increased by almost 10 per cent in the three months since June 2021.

As of September 30 more than 125,500 people were waiting to be seen for eight key diagnostic tests, an increase of over 10,000 since the end of June.

This figure is 22 per cent higher than it was on the same date in 2020, and 42 per cent higher than it was in the year before the Covid-19 pandemic began.

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